“About the middle of my time at ASU, I retired from my classes and took a year off. And then when I came back I didn’t have my scholarship anymore so I looked for options and decided to join Starbucks. because there was the Starbucks College Achievement program, ”said Jory Miller.
“Once the benefits started, I started my ASU online classes. And honestly, it was pretty exciting, you know, getting paid for school, as well as taking classes. I didn’t. didn’t find the online format too difficult so I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed working for Starbucks. “
“We can’t wait to have her energy in the department – and to have such a good role model for our students,” said Patricia Rankin, chair of the physics department.
Social workers help people cope better with life’s hardships, typically referred by government agencies and social service providers. But they are also found in hospitals and clinics, helping those who are being treated for physical or mental illnesses but who also need help coping with everyday life.
Nine students from Arizona State University’s School of Social Work form the first cohort of a new partnership with Phoenix Children’s. They will be working with young patients and their parents at the hospital for the next year starting this fall.
Phoenix Children’s and ASU’s School of Social Work have teamed up to allow nine students to work at the hospital as part of a one-year program teaching social work in health care. Photo courtesy of Phoenix Children’s
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ASU and Phoenix Children’s have worked together for years to train students interested in careers in health care, but this is the first time social work students will be offered a combination of health and health training. mental health in the halls of the hospital, said Sarah Vitse Doyle, a school of clinical assistant professor in social work who is collaborating with Phoenix Children’s under this new partnership.
“Our partnership with Phoenix Children’s has been primarily in the area of health care; the philosophy of mind-body connection will be a new addition to our partnership, ”said Doyle, who taught at the School of Social Work for five years previously. starting his current position.
Rhonda Baldwin, director of social services for Phoenix Children, said the health system has developed an ongoing professional relationship with ASU “because we see the value of aligning academic learning and service delivery. When this happens, all parties are empowered and can achieve more effective programs for patients and families.
Many Phoenix Children’s staff serve as adjunct professors for ASU’s BSW and MSW programs, said Baldwin, who is a member of the School of Social Work’s Phoenix Community Advisory Board.
Phoenix Children’s staff began seeing children and adolescents with growing health concerns even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baldwin said.
“The isolation and loss caused by COVID-19 intensified many mental health needs and led entire families to grapple with the lack of mental health resources,” Baldwin said. “Professionals trained to work with children and adolescents, especially those with complex physical health needs, are rare. ASU and Phoenix Children’s commitment to come together and develop a program to further meet the needs of our children will benefit the whole. independent therapy licenses and have the evidence-based practices and tools to provide high quality care.
Prompt access to support services can potentially reduce suicide attempts and ease the anguish felt by young people and their families, “who often have to wait to get the help they need,” Baldwin said. “With this partnership, we are expanding the workforce, who can respond quickly to requests for help and do so in a way that allows children and families to continue to thrive.”
After completing the year, students will be eligible for a two-year scholarship. In addition to experience in health care social work, the two-year program provides enough therapeutic experience for students to become licensed therapists, Doyle said.
Social health workers provide a variety of services to patients and their families, from crisis intervention to insurance assessments.
Students who complete all of the training will be qualified to provide individual therapy to patients, said Doyle, who said his students would not be the only ones benefiting from the program.
“This program provides a unique opportunity that I feel is important in that I also see the huge need in the community for this program,” said Doyle. “It provides hands-on experience for our students, but it also meets the needs of our community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity for social workers to seriously consider how they provide social work in the health care system and how social workers can serve patients from a social work and health care perspective, she declared.
Students will also have monthly opportunities to deepen their knowledge by studying topics such as HIV, sex trafficking, trauma-informed care, gender dysphoria, health care disparities for tribal communities and other evidence-based interventions, Doyle said.
“I really appreciate this program for its ability to respond to a need within our community. We strive to better serve our underserved populations, ”said Doyle.
This press release was produced by Arizona State University. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.